Irritable bowel syndrome: contemporary nutrition management strategies

JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2014 Sep;38(7):781-99. doi: 10.1177/0148607114545329. Epub 2014 Aug 1.


Irritable bowel syndrome is a complex disorder whose pathophysiology involves alterations in the enteric microbiota, visceral hypersensitivity, gut immune/barrier function, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis regulation, neurotransmitters, stress response, psychological factors, and more. The importance of diet in the management of irritable bowel syndrome has taken center stage in recent times as the literature validates the relationship of certain foods with the provocation of symptoms. Likewise, a number of elimination dietary programs have been successful in alleviating irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Knowledge of the dietary management strategies for irritable bowel syndrome will help guide nutritionists and healthcare practitioners to deliver optimal outcomes. This tutorial reviews the nutrition management strategies for irritable bowel syndrome.

Keywords: FODMAPs; diet; food allergies; food sensitivities; irritable bowel syndrome; nutrition.

MeSH terms

  • Disease Management*
  • Humans
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome / diet therapy*